BY DAN When the Raiders announced that they were moving fullback Jack Wighton to the halves it predictably set off a round of takes. We were not immune. It’s a lot of pressure on Wighton – his success may mean more than just a position and a season. It could determine the fate of coach … More Wighton to Six: The Hail Mary?
BY DAN “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.” — my dude T.S. Eliot The fever dream of many a Raiders fan will become real when Jack Wighton returns from suspension. Instead of returning as custodian, the Daily Telegraph has reported that Jack Wighton will … More The Big Risk: Wighton to Six
BY DAN Australian cricket is in a perilous situation. Not just because it’s captain, vice-captain and another player were suspended for sandpapering the ball (as well as possibly the most incompetent cover up since Watergate). Not just because it lost a test series at home to India for the first time in 71 years. But … More A Matter Of Trust
BY DAN Throughout summer a rumour has persisted on social media that Dylan Edwards might be making his way to the Canberra Raiders. It’s not yet at the level where actual journalists feel compelled to write about it, but people I respect have whispered about it so often I feel I must address it. The … More The Appeal of Dylan Edwards
BY DAN Sometimes you see an idea so tremendously wrong that it makes you do a double take. In an attempt to solve the problem of an injured Jordan Rapana, “resident NRL.com expert” Jamie Soward came up with such an idea. Jack Wighton to the wing. The offending paragraph Jack’s best position is something that … More Is Wighton A Winger? Is Soward an Expert?
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders have had a rough couple of years. After 2016 provided us a sign of what was possible, 2017 and 2018 instead showed us what was likely. 2nd (and spiritual winner of 2016)* became 10th and 10th again as a mixture of injuries, defensive ineptitude and bad luck (so regular it … More 19 Things To Look Forward to in 2019
BY DAN AND HERMAN The Australian cricketing public is today coming to terms with the fact that Mark Waugh may have been the sole voice of reason during his time on the National Selection Panel. Increasingly bizarre and erratic selection decisions are leading many to believe that Waugh may have actually been a calming influence … More Nation Shocked Waugh May Have Been Voice of Reason
BY DAN Peter Handscomb was dropped before Christmas from the Australian test team. Ostensibly this was because of his less than stellar performance in the first two tests of the Border-Gavaskar trophy. For most, the explanation of this lack of runs came down to a simple, but erroneous explanation: Handscomb’s technique is not transferable to … More Technical Bias
BY DAN NRL.com recently put out it’s predicted round one lineup for the Canberra Raiders 2019 season. You might wonder why that esteemed website went down this pathway a good two months (more?) from the start of the season. The Raiders have already lost two players for the first half of 2019 since the end … More Predicting 2019: NRL.com and the search for conversation
BY DAN This has been a really fun year for the Sportress. We’ve been at this caper for over four years now, cranking out these hot takes. We are yet to reach the heights that we originally thought this blog would take us (I mean, Grantland shut down, and the Guardian doesn’t seem interested in … More A Very Sportress Christmas